International Women's Day 2024

1 month ago Fri 8th Mar 2024

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the committed and inspiring women shaping our organisation! At Metrobus, we sat down with women across the business to explore their motivations, joys in the transport industry and advice for women considering joining.

Meet Claire and Sarana as they share their thoughts and insights on women in the transport industry and how important it is to inspire inclusivity in the workplace.

Person making a heart with their hands

What do you do?  

I'm a travel shop assistant in the travel shop in Crawley and we deal with customers with problems. They come in with their bank account, or bank cards that have gone, or they've tapped on incorrectly. So, we sort their payment issues out, all that sort of thing.  

We also help people plan journeys. We also do National Express tickets and sometimes help plan a journey on from there, and we help people that are lost or injured or people who want to come in just because they want to talk. We do a lot of that in here. 

What got you interested in working in the transport industry?  

I grew up travelling on buses and trains all my life and my dad was a trucker, my uncle was a bus driver, and my granddad was an engine driver. So, all around the transport industry, and I just love buses. 

What would your advice be to women who might be interested in working in the transport industry? 

If you really want to do it, go for it. That's about all I can say. Give it a try. 

Why do you think gender inclusion is important, is it important to get more women into the industry? 

It is, yes. I mean we are getting more and more, but we need to get more women into the transport industry. A lot of people still think “oh, that's a man's job”, but it's not. It's a job anyone can do. 

What do you love most about your job day-to-day? 

Helping people, seeing people go out happy or not confused over their journeys and things like that. Just being around the people and being helpful. Helping people, finding the right information for the people that they need, and just generally being around people like staff or drivers that need help and support, anything like that. 

Person making a heart with their hands with the words saying 'Meet Clare'

What first got you interested in working in the transport industry? 

I was driving to work one day, and I saw an advertisement on the back of a double-decker bus advertising for drivers and I thought, why not give it a go? And I went to work that day, applied, and here I am! 

Now you're here, what do you like most about working in the transport industry? 

I love seeing all the passengers every day, being out on the road and enjoying my time, and seeing my colleagues. But the passengers make it good fun. 

What advice would you give to women thinking about joining the transport industry?  

To do it and not to be frightened of it. You have all the support that you need from your instructors and everyone is really encouraging. I'd encourage anyone to come and do it. 

And why is inclusion important to you?  

It's important that women are taking on new roles and trying new things, and it adds new diversity in the workplace. I think that's important. I just think women should come and do it and I think we should be pushing boundaries and encouraging the younger generation, the younger women to come through and try new things and not have a stigma on jobs anymore, and that we can have a go. Why not try it? 

A bus driver smiling and leaning on the bus with text saying 'all you need is a driver' licence and a smile'

If you would like to apply to become a bus driver, we offer an average salary of £37,000 which includes 6 months free training and employee benefits! Apply now and join an ever-growing community of women bus drivers right here at Metrobus!